Despite plenty of rain recently, parts of the Leeds-Liverpool canal is still shut west of Gargrave right over into Lancashire. It’s such a great shame for those whose businesses rely on the canal attracting visitors. I was further down (or is it up?) the canal near Kildwick last week (see photo). I enjoyed a short peaceful stroll and super views down (and up) the Aire Valley in some early morning sunshine. The canals all around Yorkshire offer some lovely scenery and in this month’s Dalesman, which goes on sale this week, there is a special feature on our man-made waterways with special photos by John Morrison. On sale now at just £2.35 from your newsagent.

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